Procrastinators Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from chronic procrastination.

Monday May 16th, 2011


I can't bring a real cake to share for my birthday, but please have a slice of this virtual one


tiptree CI 6:43 PM

to be done:

- fix script to break up f.
x fix img add issue
- fix user name issue
x run script again
x avi dump
- read 1 ch. Coders at Work
- buy/set traps
- check back in at least 4 times
x confirm that files added properly
x repair some of the "missing" users
x run/monitor script
- signup/change dept - limit user to 1 dept
- work on c. type -> db design + start UI
- clean office
- practice guitar
- read the rest of THD
x return DVDs
- watch movie
- exercise

- work on smaller bug items -- clear at least one
- practice piano
x load of laundry
x put check in mail
- bring culled items to thrift store
- cull 10 more items
- read magazine
- do some tech. reaading - 1 ch?

Thanks to all who tried to help me pass

Hi everyone. 

The final word is I ended up failing my class. But not for lack of support from everyone. I got enough responses to my survey.

I just didn't finish the final report in time. With about one more day to finish, I would have passed, but my professor is extremely firm about rules, and would not allow me any additional time. So, I won't be getting my degree any time soon. 

It's a very hard lesson to learn. Two years and thousands of dollars and energy and sweat and tears, only to self-sabotage in the end.

This procrastination seems to destroy my life, over and over. I'm just hoping somehow this can be my "hitting bottom." But, I just don't know if this is something that can be overcome. 


I'm so sorry - that is so tough to have to deal with.    Please take some time to care for yourself now, before you start trying to decide what to do next.  You aren't alone - anything we can do to support you, we will.


Very sorry Piet

I am very sorry to hear this Piet. Being a professor in a subject doesn't necessarily make someone tolerant or understanding or empathetic. But dealing with rigid people is something we have to manage. What you have learned the past two years can't be taken away from you. I hope it will provide a base for your next step. Hang in there. Peace to you.


Hi Piet.  Please don't consider this a failure, consider it a hard lesson :)  Many of us around here have experienced such educational moments.   Let this be the beginning of the new you.  

I'm sure the time you have put into your program are not completely wasted, they will give you a head start when you begin again, with a new attitude.


I know it's never too late to make a brand new start - from "Brand New Start" by Paul Weller


Thank you for being real and sharing your honesty. This is the only place I have every found that others could understand that which could not be understood. You are not alone anymore.

 I feel your pain and believe we may not overcome this issue, but in PA there is hope to discover ways to  compensate and avoid the self-sabotage ending we are accostomed to. I am inspired by your courage and honesty. (hug)  PS I am also sorry that you ended with this professor, I was in a simialr situation and the state police had to find my professor because he was out hunting, and I needed him to come back and grade my paper (that was late) so that I could get my degree. Although it worked out and I graduated, I always carried the shame of my procrastination and could have just as easily had a professor like yours.



Hi piet, I've just also asked to my tutor for a few days extension for my thesis project, she's also kinda strict so i really dont know how it will go...I haven't handed in any progress reports on my project for like 4 weeks and she's obviously not very happy about it, and now she asked me to hand in the project tomorrow...and i haven't done anything of what she asked for yet...So, i perfectly know the feeling of having to depend on our teacher's or tutors' mercy over and over in order to pass....However, remember that time when you, me and other ppl joined the chat pretty much for a full day (i think it was for several days) and managed to finish or at least do a great progress in our respective tasks, in a way that we never thought we'd be able to? So, the fact that you've done it means that is possible and it can happen again...what i mean is that some support like those times before can help you focus on what you can do now for your degree or career. Maybe you can start over tomorrow and use the forum and chat to check in, make short tasklists or use micro-bursts and focus on one day at a time. I will be online every night this week as I need to do something about that project, wether tutor nags me or not....hope to see you around then!!  :)


My sympathies to you piet; this must be a hard time for you. Thanks for sharing with us.

'There but for the grace of God' - I have been so lucky with work projects that have been late that I was given some leeway and still got paid. Probably has not done much for my professional image, though.

I hope for you that you can climb back out, start again and achieve whatever you want for next time. At least you got that survey posted. Maybe you have come further than it seems. Surely they will give you some credit for work you did complete? (that would be how it works most universities/colleges here in Australia).

Sorry if I am rambling here.

Piet, there is always hope and ....

... for some perspective, read this:

hey piet, if it is of any

hey piet, if it is of any comfort, you're not the first or the last to be in this boat and i wish you all the best. i know how brutal this struggle is, and i do hope you will finish your degree. be kind to yourself and i hope you have some good support.

Dear ((((piet)))

I so feel your pain. I always say, as I watch so many people around me struggle (here and in my life) with the intense pressure & unrealistic demands of higher education. I don't know why it needs to be so cut throat hard...been through it myself and ended up very sick. Sending you loving prayers & blessings!!

♥"Careful the wish we make, wishes are children. Careful the path they take, wishes come true..." From "Children Will Listen," by Stephen Sondheim.♥


Thanks for the thread Hypatia, and Happy Bday!

Work 8AM-5PM: 

-Figure out fix for low c (test low r, test high r, test add c)

-try to understand s better 

-read AD

-get cable

-test b 

After Work 5PM-Sleep:

-check jo's

-check new mortgage is correct 

-review and update action items

-check on 401k performance 

-wr on hand

-write entry on misspeaking

-order office supplies 

hope4meandu day 2 here; day 2 at work

Hi All,

It seems Goldie/Smurf (new name) and Yoffee are fighting for my attention & he swatted at my Yoffee this a.m. (thank G_d we had his nails cut). I feel badly that I am putting my Yoffee through this and am upset that Godlie/Smurf is the answer to my not being able to deal with Yoffee aging. I also feel bad because I absolutely love and care for him. I don't know if I need to find Goldie/Smurf a new home where he is the only pet. I don't want to give him up - mainly because he has learned so, so quickly & I don't want him to feel abandoned, like he was before. Praying to do the next right thing for my Yoffee in this situation. Don't know where I'd be without you all!!

-research getting Yoffee stairs
-call vets in area and find cheapest for Goldie & how to get Yoffee allergy shots
-allergy shots for me
-find groomer to come to house
-pay $188. vet bill
-get Goldie's other window opened in his room
-order from PetMeds for Yoffee
-call Brian
-check emails
-get m-in-law bday card

-clean bathroom
-work out 10 minutes
-wash lv & dr floors?

♥"Careful the wish we make, wishes are children. Careful the path they take, wishes come true..." From "Children Will Listen," by Stephen Sondheim.♥

Focus Focus Focus

Really not feeling well this morning. Paying the price for working rather than resting this weekend, then staying up late when I got home rather than resting. (I sense a common theme.) Also ate too much for breakfast.

Made really good progress over the weekend, but still feeling stressed by things undone at work. Have three daunting cases to deal with (actually, seven, but I am only going to focus on the first three today).

Goal 1: 12:15-3:15 PM - Get these three painful cases off my desk. Want to allow an average of one hour per case, but so as not to get bogged down, will stick with 15 minute increments and try to keep moving. Will probably eat a late lunch/early dinner afterwards, because I am still feeling queasy.

Goal 2: 4-6 PM - Work on newer cases, 15 minute increments

Goal 3: 6-6:30 PM - Work on something for myself (e.g., study)

Goal 4: 6:30-8 PM - Work on newer cases, 15 minute increments

Goal 5: 8-8:30 PM - Work on something for myself 

Goal 6: Out the door at 8:30 PM

Goal 7: In bed by *10 PM*!!!

Lots of goals, attempting to structure my day more effectively, and allowing time for personal development plus my neglected rest. Okay, time to begin. Back to report.

katia 5.16

Happy Birthday Hypatia! I want me some birthday cake.

Doing *better*. But not 100%. I'm in a final sprint towards the finish and there is ALOT to do tonite and this week before I go home for Memorial Day.

Things to do today-
-Vitamins & #1 #2 #3
#1 #2 #3 #4 #5 #6 #7 #8 #9 #10

-Read bio article #4
-Bonus pre discussion question
-Perutz pre discussion question
-Bio multiple choice
-Look at paper rubric
-Read first primary source and take notes

-Finish quantitative modelling hw
-quantitative modelling online quiz
-math hw is delayed until tomorrow

-send e-mails to professors re: midterm report
-send email ot high school to send transcript

Happy birthday Hypatia!

May you have a wonderful day and a healthy, positive year. Peace to you.

kromer 10:15 CI

OK, lots to do today and feel a bit overwhelmed.

I need to:
*Call about microscope
*Check on expts
*Collect samples, mail and document (will do this now)
*Prep for and go to journal club
*Do FISH planning/emails
*Do B. email (plus start antibody email)
*1 hr thinking about expts
*Emails about roommate situation
*Restore (will do this now)

OK, right now I'm going to go check on expts


Also, happy bday hypatia!

Thank you all for your best wishes

it's really appreciated



Happy Birthday!!!!!!!!

...dear ((((Hypatia))) & thanks for starting us!!!!! Wishing you & your hubby prayers, blessings & that all your wishes come true!!!

♥"Careful the wish we make, wishes are children. Careful the path they take, wishes come true..." From "Children Will Listen," by Stephen Sondheim.♥

Journey 10:30 grumble.

Happy Monday!   I'm still not feeling well and debating about heading to the doctor this afternoon before I go 'on call' tomorrow.  I'll see how I feel after my lunch meeting, if I'm still feeling bad I'll leave then.  I had pneumonia last year and I'm paranoid about getting it again.   That was un-fun.  I went to the gym this morning but only walked on the treadmill, and then started feeling worse.   I rested most of the weekend and I should be well by now.  Grrrr. 

Anyway, I've done email and I'm making todo list now. 



I know it's never too late to make a brand new start - from "Brand New Start" by Paul Weller

Feel better Jo

Hope you start feeling better soon. Take care of yourself.

THanks 4change

I did go to the doc and I have drugs now so I'm cool.  It took most of the afternoon though because everybody in my town seems to have the same thing whatever it is!

Working from home for a bit, I took care of one item this morning that my team lead turned over to me when he went on vacation, so that's done, but I didn't get any project work done.   I'm going to work another hour or so then call it a day.  

I do not wish to be sick any more as I'm caught up on all episodes of Bones and NCIS. 


I know it's never too late to make a brand new start - from "Brand New Start" by Paul Weller

Happy Birthday, Hypatia!


I know it's never too late to make a brand new start - from "Brand New Start" by Paul Weller

Vic 5/16/11

Show up (done) TGIM!

Happy Bday Hypatia enjoy your day!

bayhorses ci 5/16

Happy birthday Hypatia!

today's list ...

cuppa joe

write two zc blogs

write three pif blogx

call M

admin-building codes, BS scheduling, ezines for B, email cleanup on computer and serve




Scribbler's Monday CI 8:08 a.m.

Hey, fudoshin, glad to see you checking in yesterday with a message that sounded realistically upbeat, I admire your persistence, resourcefulness and focus.

Happy Birthday, Hypatia!

This week I have only two days of work before heading out on a major road trip to Yellowstone,. Lots to do, as you would expect. One of the things that's hanging over me is out of my hands, however. I need to get some money in today or tomorrow to pay for the trip. I've done my best to husband my funds and encourage payments from debtors, but I'm pretty much flat broke and and need several hundred dollars very soon. I'm not sure what to do, except hope for the best. I do expect some payments soon, but whether they'll arrive before I leave Wednesday morning is unknown. I guess I should check my credit limits to see if, assuming worse comes to worst, I can finance the trip with debt. I'm determined to go, one way or another. How annoying life can be sometimes. I guess we'll see how it goes...

  • Get up at 6
  • Make bed
  • Exercises
  • Healthy breakfast
  • Take medicine
  • Coffee, paper
  • Check-ins
  • Practice classical piece


  • Update Quicken
  • Update sites w/new shows
  • S/u Twitter music account
  • Q -BN?
  • M intvw re: retain
  • W intvw re: consult (this was tentative and is apparently not happening)


  • Lunch w/B (moved to tomorrow)
  • Deposit check
  • Call Sis re: b'day
  • Call re b2b
  • File 1 BN (LI)
  • Call Scooters re: sked change
  • C/o custom pub dbase


  • healthy dinner
  • Run (?)
  • Laundry
  • Bed by 10:30 or so


  • Deliver MOW
  • Resked MOW for next week
  • P/u B at 2:45
  • P/u C at 5 (?)
  • Fun w/Kids


Happy birthday,

Happy birthday, Hypatia!

What needs doing today...

1. chart all food, good and bad

2. meditate

3. clean downstairs

4.Figure out how to upload wordpress

5. Take another adobe illustrator class

6. 30 minutes of s. u.

7. work on jingle.

My Day Today

I want to thank my Higher Power for this program, this website, the telephone and online meetings, and my life.

I want to thank Hypatia for starting this trend and Happy Birthday!.

Things I have done today

1. Went to the 5:45 a.m. telephone ACA meeting

2. Went to the 7 a.m. telephone DA meeting

Things I will do today

1. Test my blood sugar twice

2. Prayer and meditation morning and evening

3. Take shower

4. Get dressed

5. Go to the 8:30 a.m. telephone PA meeting

6. Go to the 9:45 a.m. telephone CLA meeting

7. Go to the 12 noon telephone ACA meeting

8. Go to the 1 p.m. telephone CLA meeting

9. Put some clothes up

10. Wash and dry the rest of the clothes

11. Clear up the tables near the computer

12. Pick up Kroger bags and put them in a bag

13. Cook and eat brunch

14. Cook and eat dinner

15. Make bed

16. Wash dishes

17. Put my medicine bag and pill minders away

18. Post and send out Al-Anon literature for today

19. Post and share a DA experience

20. Go to work at 5:30

21. Do numbers

22. Go to the 9:30 a.m. telephone PA check-in

23. Go to the 10:30 a.m. telephone PA check-in

24. Go to the 11:30 a.m. telephone PA check-in

25. Go to the 1:30 p.m. telephone PA check-in

26. Go to the 3:30 p.m. telephone PA check-in

27. E-mail my Al-Anon Sponsor

Thanks for letting me share

Findingaway check in

9.10 pm

Happy Birthday Hypatia!

It's great to have you here Smile

Today worked in client's office and got a reasonable amount done. Sometimes I really like being there working with lots of other people who are working too - it does help me to keep going. Even though my work does not interact much with others around me and I tend to feel I don't belong there with the full time workers, I enjoy the company. But can't really justify being there more than one day a week.

Somewhat anxious about having had no new work for my business for some time. I hate doing promotion but am having to try to do some. 

Rexroth Check In

Chomp chomp chomp Thank you for starting the tread Hypatia and for a delicious and non fattening slice of cake.

Up prayer and reflection
Out to shops and look at camera (reserve it subject to price) and have long discussion with saleperson. Buy kettle, look at luggage, sports wear, camping and travel gear, saucepans etc.
Eat at cafe on way home a traditional English breakfast which I had been looking forward to for months and yet somehow had not felt like and did not enjoy it
Food shopping
Home and check emails and post

Research prices of camera on web and print out results
Read travel book
Go out for swim much latter
If appropriate (danger of TMI) do medical test and send off
A little admin work

Regards Rexroth

Rexroth Check Out

All of above and
Emailed to book two events - I had been putting off doing this
Looked and read review on net of camping equipment
Went through old photos for scanning and threw out old ones I didn't want - some more may need to go out as I don't know it they are worth scanning
Emailed shop about camera price
Emailed another shop as computer went down so I don't know if I have ordered it or not
Wrote journal
Checked some dates I had been mistaken over some

Prayer and reflection
Bed and sleep

Night Folks


Hypatia's check-in

This is the first time for a week I've been in the office before midday to do some paperwork instead of rushing around to clinics and meetings.  Now I need to get over my immediate procrastination response to the piles of records strewn round the office.

for today

  • SM's report
  • school records
  • AH forms
  • todays report
  • last week's AF reports - managed one out of two
  • SR actions
  • DM letter
  • shoe repairs and bank
  • clear in-tray

this evening

landlord is coming to inspect the property on Thursday so I've got three days to get it looking presentable

  • vacuum clean stair carpet
  • tidy bedrooms